Ori Crystal Necklace

Ori Crystals are going to make your projects so affordable!

My Ori Crystal necklace has a pendant I made using another crystal option!

This is just one of several machine cut crystals that you can order from John Bead.  It already has a pre-drilled hole, so it is super simple to string.

I simply found an image I loved (postcard) and glued it to the flat crystal drop back.

The crystals I strung include:  Ori Crystal Donut – Silver Metallic 10×14

Ori Crystal Donut – Jet 10x14mm and I also used some smaller Jet round rich cut 10mm to complete my necklace.  The hook and loop clasp is pewter.

You’ll love the entire Ori Crystal range!

I hope you have an opportunity to work with these new crystals soon!

Dazzle-It Ori Crystals and Glass Pearls

The new Ori Crystals and easily paired with Dazzle-Its glass pearl collection.

I used memory wire to craft these super easy bracelets!  This pink bracelet features Pink Crystal Cut 10mm ori crystal beads with Lt Chocolate round glass pearls.  I also added some wire mesh.

Artistic Wire Mesh is available in many colours and sizes.  I used the silver.

My teal crystal and aqua pearl bracelet was pretty all by itself.

I added a brooch from my personal collection to jazz it up.

The brooch can be added and removed anytime.

Wrappers and Sapphire

This frame was so easy to wrap! The new Artistic Wire wrappers have grooves making wire wrapping a very simple technique.  No skills required!

The new wrappers are like mini blank canvases for jewelers.  There are endless ways to use them and they can become a wonderful addition to any of your design ideas.  These circle wraps are available in several sizes too.

My bead began with a wire wrap pendant that Nancy Donaldson made.  I wanted to add something to it.  I had sapphire firepolish glass beads in my collection that matched the big bead Nancy had added to her pendant.

I love how this turned out!  Just imagine using these wrappers as extra matching charms or for a matching set of earrings.

Wrappers are in stock!

Shamballa and Ladhaki!

I am continuing on my quest to find interesting beads to make shamballa bracelets with!  Aren’t these colours fabulous?

When the bead is so beautiful, it really is hard to take credit for the bracelet.  A few knots of rattail are all you need to show off these Ladhaki beads.

I found the beads by accident when I wandered down an aisle I don’t usually go down at the warehouse.  Each bead is so over the top!  These are the LADHAKI BEADS WIRE WRAP tubes.

Turquoise will always be a favorite colour.

The turquoise LADHAKI BEADS W/TEARDROP STONE are so pretty.

There are many beads in this collection to choose from.  The holes are nice and big and rattail passes through them with ease.

I am definitely going back to get these!

All Ladhaki Beads linked here.

Metal Complex Bezels and Jewelry Resin

The Metal Complex family of bezels are truly an opportunity to create your own wearable art.  Some of the hand made bezels feature a “lip” as you see in the sample above.  Later this week I’ll show you how to use that area too!

I used Jewelry Resin to create my pendant.  The clarity of this resin is easy to see here.

I also added some wonderful beads to complete my necklace.  I could not wait to use this red opal bead!  It is a Czech Fire Polished glass bead and it is available is many wonderful colours!

Dazzle-It has new CZECH F/P 4mm Bronze Metallic beads now.  A great bezel, a few beads and voila!  A new necklace!

Ceramic & Cloisonne Beads On A Button

I have something very different to show you today:  Beads on a Button.

The idea started when I stumbled upon this bag of beads during my last visit to the warehouse.  Have you been in the Ceramic and Cloisonne bead section at John Bead?  These beads are so wonderful..they are tiny pieces of art that should be showcased!

Then I found these button covers (available in nickle and brass.)  Hmmmmm.  Another way to wear these beads!

I knew black Apoxie Sculpt would be the ideal way to attach these beads so they would look like they were floating.  I made a small batch and covered the lid of the button cover.  The second bead I used was CLOISONNE BEADS 4x10MM TUBE.

My beads are now adhered into place.  These are very unique button covers and I can enjoy seeing my beads on a difference surface.

Memory Wire Bracelet

Isn’t it wonderful when you can create something wearable in under 30 minutes? Especially something as pretty as this bracelet?

Memory wire is such a great way to learn how to bead.  For a lot of friends, I am certain that making a few memory wire bracelets is the reason they went down a whole jewelry making path.  John Bead has a lot of memory wire in their collection.  All you need to do is round off the ends of the wire with a loop to finish a piece.  What could be simpler?

This bracelet was an opportunity to use up some of the “left over” beads from last week’s project. I also added in:

1. Tube Facetted 20x8mm Crystal Blue Iris Half Coat

2.  Czech Fire Polished Beads

3.  Glass Peacock Dagger 17x7mm Black Vitrail

4. Grey Glass Pearls

5.  Silver Metallic 4mm Beads

I plan to wear this bracelet with the necklace I posted last week.

I am looking forward to seeing a few of our blog readers this Wednesday!

The Kumihimo Comeuppance

Come·up·pance  - A punishment or retribution that one deserves;
one's just deserts.

John Bead friends…I have been cut down a notch. The kumihimo gods did not smile on my first attempt to impress you with a jeweled strand.  I had to remind myself that you don’t learn an ancient art form in a day, or a week.  Yesterday I produced a beautifully knotted necklace.  I had pulled out some glass beads that I thought would look great in the design.

I congratulated myself for thinking up a way to make adding the beads to my rattail easier.  (a little tape on the end did the trick)

Since I didn’t have any instructions I went online to see what I could learn about adding beads.  Kumihimo experts all say “drop in the bead” which is a little trickier than I thought.  Perhaps I should have started with a smaller bead.

Disaster!  This looks as bad in person as it does on the screen!

So I went back to the drawing board.  I worked slower.  I tried not to stress when I “dropped in a bead.”

Better.  I still missed a few spots…not being sure when to drop in a bead.

Here is a rope I feel a lot better showing you.  I am going to try this a few more times before I move to a flat braid next!  Oh, and my book order has arrived and I now have plenty of reference material!